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XBMC for Android for the Adventurous

Posted on 18 July 2012 by sam

Perfect for the new Android set top boxes, but not yet for every one.

Why XBMC for Android?

More and more Android devices are being made that are not aimed at mobile communications, but at being connected to your TV. Android is a solid platform, that has many features a typical set top box needs, such as realtime capabilities.

It’s also a widely available platform, so it can be build very cheap. There are boxes available for $50, try to beat that with any other platform on the market today.

Of course, the hardware isn’t everything, you also need a proper interface that works on a large screen. XBMC sounds like a great fit. It’s already here, has proven itself and it has the support of a giant community.

Why Not Yet?

There are still a few problems that will keep you from trying it out today (but you can, if you really want)

  • XBMC for Android only supports software decoding, so you’ll need a pretty fast (expensive) Android device. There’s one exception, the [amazon_link id=”B0088IGPM8″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]XIOS DS media player[/amazon_link]. Since development of XBMC for Android was sponsored by the devices manufacturers, it has hardware decoding out-of-the-box.
  • You’ll need to build it from sources. Although not impossible, this is not for beginners.

[amazon_enhanced asin=”B0088IGPM8″ container=”div” container_class=”alignleft” price=”New” background_color=”FFFFFF” link_color=”000000″ text_color=”0000FF” /]XBMC for Android now available

(via Hack a Day)